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Posted on 2012-04-10
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Hi All,

I am trying to combine 3 columns into 1. I have a column for First Name, Last Name and Middle initial.  My combined cloumn is: Last Name+', '+First Name+' '+Middle initial.

The problem is, if the person does not have a middle initial then nothing is shown.

How do I get My combined column to reflect the Last Name and First name only if no middle initial is present.

Thank you in advance.
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Question by:Reyesrj
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Let's say, column A stores Last name,  column B stores first name and column C stores middle intial, and the final combined results stored in column D:

Formula in column D:
=A1 & ", " & B1 & IF(C1 <> "",  " " & C1, "")
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Thanks, but that's in the spreadsheet.  How do I combine the columns in MS Excel database query?
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by:Anthony Mellor
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what's the external data file type and source? are you on a pc or mac ? which version excel?

any chance a small data example? easier to play with. edit how big is the data source, hundreds thousands or millions of records? this problem sounds familiar.
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by:Reyesrj
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Currently there are about 600 records in Access 2007.  It is anticipated to increase by 100 per week.  I experience this all time.  It’s that blank or NULL field that creates the problem.  What I have done in the past is combine the first name and last name into one column and leave the middle initial in a separate column.   Then combine the combined name column with the middle initial column in the excel table.
Thanks

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Sorry, the pic was for my other question.
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This is what I found:

In MS Excel Database Query Wizard, you use ampersand "&" instead of a plus sign "+".  So the formula would look like this:

LastName & ', ' & FirstName & ' ' & MiddleName

Thanks to ALL
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thanks!
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